UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday Nov 27
LONDON Nov 27 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 21 points lower, or down 0.3 percent on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on * The UK blue chip index closed 0.9 percent higher on Thursday at 6,391.13. * Britain's shopping streets, out-of-town malls and websites will be awash with discounted goods on Friday as shoppers chase "Black Friday" deals in a spending frenzy expected to top last year's record level. * UNILEVER - Consumer goods maker Unilever said it would switch to using only renewable energy by 2030 and would stop using energy from coal by 2020, as businesses jostle to highlight their green credentials ahead of a global climate summit. * ROYAL DUTCH SHELL - Brazilian energy and transportation group Cosan SA Industria e Comercio has no plans to part ways with Royal Dutch Shell on their Raízen joint venture, the world's largest cane processor, Cosan Chairman Rubens Ometto said on Thursday. * RIO TINTO - Rio Tinto won final approval on Friday to expand its Warkworth coal mine in Australia, with strict conditions imposed by the New South Wales state government, against the protests of environmental and community groups. Rio Tinto gave the go-ahead on Friday to expand its bauxite output in northern Australia with a $1.9 billion project, approving a major mine at a time when most miners worldwide are slashing spending. * BHP BILLITON - Illegal levels of arsenic and mercury polluted the Rio Doce river in the days after a dam burst at an iron ore mine in early November in Brazil's worst-ever environmental disaster, according to tests by a state water agency. * ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND - Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc said it will book a loss of around 265 million pounds ($400 million) after completing a tender for certain U.S. dollar, Sterling and Euro senior debt securities as it seeks to trim its long-term interest expenses. * OIL PRICES - Crude oil futures fell on Friday with losses this month standing at over 8 percent, hurt by disappointing Chinese economic data and worries over a supply glut. * METALS PRICES - Most base metals in Shanghai and London took a breather on Friday following recent sharp gains that have aluminium eyeing its second-best week this year and nickel also up sharply after an early-week rout that dragged prices to multi-year lows. * British consumer morale eased to a six-month low this month as optimism about the economic outlook hit its lowest level since mid-2013, a survey by market research company GfK showed on Friday. * John Lewis, Britain's biggest department store group, said on Friday its sales rose 2.6 percent year-on-year in the week to Nov. 21, though the firm noted shoppers were planning ahead for "Black Friday" Nov. 27 discounts. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: Future PLC Full Year 2015 Future PLC Earnings Release Pennon Group PLC Half Year 2015/2016 Pennon Group PLC Earnings Release TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for: * 3000 Xtra : visit topnews.session.rservices.com * BridgeStation: view story .134 For more information on Top News visit topnews.reuters.com (Reporting by Kit Rees)
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